Old-fashioned peach custard pie

It’s beginning to smell like fall and I have a long list of fall foods to create, but my fridge is still bursting with stone fruits from the summer: peaches, nectarines, and plums. Since fall implies comfort foods, rich and warm, spiced to perfection, I jump to the thought of a spiced custard pie featuring peaches. I think this is a good compromise between summer and fall. In my mind, I picture a pie that features summer fruit nestled in a warm bed of custard, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. The best of both worlds, in my opinion.

Peach custard pie in a glass pie plate

I used the recipe in Joy of Cooking, the 75th anniversary edition to be exact. 

Here is what I did. I started with an all-butter recipe for single crust pie dough, the one I used for the peach crumble pie. I blind-baked the crust for about 15 minutes at 425°F with a sheet of parchment and the bottom of a tart pan to weigh it down, then for another 5 minutes at the same temperature. At that point, the crusts were quite golden. I let it cool on a rack.

When the pie shell was cooled enough, I brushed some egg at the bottom to seal it so that it doesn’t get soggy with the fruits and custard. I sliced the peaches and arranged them “artistically” at the bottom of the crust.

Unbaked pie shell made from an easy all-butter pie dough recipe that you put together in the food processor

I prepared the filling using the recipe for the open-faced peach custard pie on page 679. As I prepare the custard, I noticed that this custard filling is a little different from the usual definition of custard.

Most vanilla custards are prepared like this vanilla bean pastry cream, using eggs, sugar, flour (or starch), vanilla, and milk. This custard filling has no milk, and instead has melted butter! Yet it still works like a charm!

Fresh peaches arranged over blind-baked pie crust

I baked the filled pie, first at 400°F for 10 minutes, then reducing the temperature to 300°F. I baked it for another 45 minutes at the reduced temperature (instead of the 60 minutes the recipe called for). I think reducing the temperature is important to avoid making a custard filling that resembles scrambled eggs.

I sampled a slice when it was still warm. The custard is luscious and comforting. This pie is definitely a nice dessert as fall creeps into my kitchen. You can also serve it cold, but it’s best eaten in 24 hours. I’m sure you can manage that!

Spiced custard peach pie

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword peach custard pie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 250kcal
Author Janice


  • 1 blind-baked 9-inch pie shell
  • 3 large peaches sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 80 grams ( cup) unsalted butter melted
  • 70 grams ( cup) granulated sugar
  • 24 grams (3 tbsp) all-purpose flour
  • 10 mL (2 tsp) vanilla bean paste
  • 2.5 mL (½ tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 2.5 mL (½ tsp) Diamond Crystal fine kosher salt
  • 0.625 mL ( tsp) ground nutmeg


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Arrange the peaches at the bottom of the pie shell.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together.
  • Pour into a blind-baked 9-inch pie shell.
  • Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature for another 45 minutes, or until the filling is set, even in the middle.
  • Serve warm.
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Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

custard, fruit, peach, stone fruits

13 Responses to Old-fashioned peach custard pie

  1. Carolyn September 12, 2010 at 12:44 PM #

    I can smell fall, in this cool, crisp New England morning. Sounds like the extra vanilla was a happy accident!

  2. Belinda @zomppa September 12, 2010 at 12:34 PM #

    Love the fall! What a beautiful pie.

  3. Sprinkled with Flour September 12, 2010 at 6:16 PM #

    I’ve never made a custard fruit pie before, but this one looks yummy:)

  4. Kate September 12, 2010 at 2:43 PM #

    Fall is indeed in the air. The crust the custard made on the top of the pie looks wonderful. A nice counterpoint to the custard and peaches. Kate @kateiscooking

  5. Magic of Spice September 12, 2010 at 4:09 PM #

    Fall is my favorite, and this pie is wonderful 🙂

  6. savy cook September 12, 2010 at 4:51 PM #

    Looks really sumptuous! Yum…

  7. Spice Sherpa September 12, 2010 at 8:55 PM #

    What a perfect recipe to transition summer into Autumn. To my complete astonishment I discovered that Western New York, along Lake Erie, grows the best peaches ever. No joke. And strangely, I’m the only one in my family who loves peaches. Now here’s a recipe that matches them with my other edible love–spices and custards. Thank you!

  8. Claudia September 12, 2010 at 9:35 PM #

    You had me at spiced custard. I could just spoon that into a peach and forget the crust!

  9. The Mom Chef September 13, 2010 at 1:34 AM #

    That look wonderful. I would love the warm custard with the peaches. And the crust looks very, very flaky. Julia Child wrote? Remember the movie? She supposedly hacked on Joy of Cooking because they didn’t test their recipes. I wonder if that was wrong then.

  10. Eileen September 13, 2010 at 1:29 PM #

    Fall is my favorite season. Your pie looks awesome!

  11. Koci September 19, 2010 at 3:54 AM #

    Those peaches look so amazing! I haven’t had peach pie in a while, but now you’ve made me want to make one really bad. Love the easiness of the recipe as well!

  12. Sneige September 21, 2010 at 1:29 PM #

    Custard and Peach, sounds like a perfect combination!
    Anyway, I don’t believe anything with peaches in it can go wrong!

  13. Marnie June 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM #

    Thank you so much for posting this! The binding on my Joy of Cooking had been trashed for years and last month, I threw out the whole book in a fit of #$%&!!! Now it’s 7am on a Saturday, I have 7 kids in my living room and I couldn’t find this recipe. FYI, I throw in a handful of blueberries with the peaches and make a coconut crumb crust, It’s scrumptious!!

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